Posted: 23 January, 2015
It's Australia Day and you've got pretty much everything sorted except the music!
Well, don't worry because our mates over at sister site Triple M Classic Rock have compiled this list of the "8 Best Classic Aussie Songs To Listen To On Australia Day".
"Thunderstruck" Fun Fact: "According to The Story of AC/DC: Let There Be Rock, Angus Young created the distinctive opening guitar part by playing with all the strings taped up, except the B. It was a studio trick he learned from his older brother George Young, who produced some of AC/DC's albums and was in a band called The Easybeats."
AC/DC - Thunderstruck
2. Midnight Oil
"Beds Are Burning" Fun Fact: "Regarding the line, "From Kintore East to Yuendemu," Yuendemu is an aboriginal community in Central Australia, 250 Kilometers northwest of Alice Springs."
Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning
3. Hunters & Collectors
"Holy Grail" Fun Fact: "This song is about Napoleon's march to Russia in 1812. The "Holy Grail" is the ultimate goal - the phrase comes from an item Jesus used at the last supper that is said to produce magical powers."
Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail
4. Cold Chisel
"Flame Trees" Fun Fact: "According to the band's official website, Don Walker's inspiration for the song was a combination of his memories of Grafton where he had lived as a youth, and of his romantic dreams."
Cold Chisel - Flame Trees (1984)
"Devil Inside" Fun Fact: "The video to this song was filmed in Balboa, California, a ritzy part of Newport Beach. Viewers of the video will express no surprise at the fact that it was directed by Joel Schumacher, better known as The Man Who Ruined The Batman Franchise Forever with 1997's Batman & Robin. You can draw a straight line from this video to that film, right down to the Froot-Loops-colored lighting and loads of male nipples."
INXS - Devil inside
6. The Angels
"Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?" Fun Fact: "The Angels released this shortly after changing their name from "The Moonshine Jug And String Band."
The Angels - Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again - Live 1988
7. The Saints
"(I'm) Stranded" Fun Fact: "This howl of rage against boredom and oppression was the first song released by the pioneering Australian punk rock band The Saints. Issued in September 1976, it predated debut singles by better-known punk acts such as the Sex Pistols, The Damned and The Clash."
The Saints - (I'm) Stranded [HQ]
8. Crowded House
"Weather With You" Fun Fact: "When questioned about the existence of 57 Mount Pleasant Street, Crowded House lead singer Neil Finn responded: "There's actually lots of them. My sister used to live in Mount Pleasant Road in Auckland, but it wasn't Number 57. The number she was at didn't sound very musical.""
Crowded House - Weather With You
All song 'Fun Facts' from songfacts.com
This weekend our sister station Triple M Classic Rock Digital is going all Aussie, all long weekend.
Listen out for nothing but classic Aussie rock from the 70s and 80s, with loads of stories from the artists behind the music.
Get it on DAB+ Digital Radio or the Triple M Classic Rock Digital App.